RAF Fire Service

Fire Crew
RAF Worksop, Fire Service
Firemen Colin Fenn, George Gibbs, Len Goodman, Ron Kenworthy and John Chapman. Photo courtesy of George Gibbs

RAF Worksop, RAF Fire Service
Photo courtesy of George Gibbs
RAF Worksop, Fire Service, Control Tower, Land Rover
Fire Service Land Rover outside the Control Tower Photo courtesy of George Gibbs
Fire Station
RAF Worksop, RAF Fire Service, Thornycroft
Thornycroft Mk.5a No. 19, a Land Rover and Thornycroft Nubian DP1 fire tender TYX625 No. 12 Photo courtesy of George Gibbs

Thornycroft Nubian DP1
RAF Worksop, RAF Fire Service, Thornycroft
One of the stations Thornycroft Nubian DP1 fire tenders TYX625 No.12. Photo courtesy of George Gibbs

In Action
RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, XE880, De Havilland, Vampire T.11
Thornycroft Mk.5a SXD 655 in action making sure De Havilland Vampire T.11 a previous wreck that Ginger and Michael were instructed to fit the wings on for fire practice (Not XE880 as previously thought). Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, XE880, De Havilland, Vampire T.11
Austin Domestic TLH 519, Ginger Chapman and De Havilland Vampire T.11 a previous wreck that Ginger and Michael were instructed to fit the wings on for fire practice (Not XE880 as previously thought) photo Courtesy of Michael Brown

BSA
RAF Worksop, fire Service, 4 FTS, BSA,
A little bit more powerful than most bikes on the airfield BSA PVO440 with an unidefiable car GVO192 in the shed. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

Bikes and Bins
RAF Worksop, fire Service, 4 FTS
A happy looking group with a bike and a bin! photo courtesy of Michael Brown

Snowtograph
RAF Worksop, fire Service, 4 FTS
Corporal Ron Kenworthy doesn't even look cold in his uniform. He married a Worksop girl, Iris Baxendale, she was a friend of George Gibb’s wife. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

Another Cold Day
RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, RAF Fire Service
With the radiator being covered to keep the radiator from freezing Ginger Chapman stands outside on an overcast day. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

Just like buses!
RAF Worksop, fire Service, 4 FTS, Thornycroft, Nubian, DP1
Two of RAF Worksop's Thornycroft Nubian DP1's 25 AG 31 and TYX 625 pose on the bus stop in the middle of RAF Worksop.Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

Keep it clean
RAF Worksop, fire Service, 4 FTS, Thornycroft Mk.5a
Colin Ayres hosing down the Thornycroft Mk.5a SXD 655 outside the RAF Fire Service's nissen hut. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

4FTS Fire Service Emblem
RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, Fire Service, 4FTS, 4 FTS
Looking very smart.  Colin Ayres is the dark curly headed lad. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

Safety First
RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, RAF Fire Service
What happens if your hat blows off? Jimmy Crawford, who was from Scotland. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

On Guard

Ginger Chapman and Trevor Gibbs show the best method of protecting a RAF base, someone should fix that overflow pipe though! photo courtesy of Michael Brown

High Jinks
RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, RAF Fire Service
It's not all work in the RAF Fire Service. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

Sit Here
RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, RAF Fire Service
With what looks like a hammer in his hand the RAF Worksop fire service invite the photographer to have a seat. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, RAF Fire Service
A couple of photos in front of the Austin Domestic.  This vehicle had a 100 gallon tank with a small gearbox driven hose reel pump. It carried a full complimant of gear normally found on a domestic.  They normally towed a trailer pump and were introduced between late 1943 to early 1944 (info from Ted Angus).  Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, RAF Fire Service
Colin Ayres in front of the Austin. These fire tenders with the yellow circles on the door are CO2 gas trucks which have two banks of cylinders either side Photo courtesy of Michael Brown

Bell Ringing
RAF Worksop, RAF Scofton, RAF Fire Service
George Gibbs, Jimmy Crawford, Michael Brown and a corporal outside the Fire Section's nissen hut. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown